Mindfulness with Children and Teens: Proven Interventions in Every Treatment Setting

    

Friday, April 7, 2017
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Christopher Willard, Ph.D.

Join bestselling author, psychologist and consultant Dr. Christopher Willard in this one-day workshop on bringing mindfulness to kids, teens and families. Dr. Willard will be sharing proven practices that can be used by therapists, educators and others looking for practical and creative ways to sharing mindfulness and contemplative practices with others. Mindfulness is more than just breathing, and so is this workshop. Participants should be prepared for a fun day learning and practicing mindfulness through awareness, movement, games, play, and creative activities for all ages.

This practical workshop will focus on adapting mindfulness for individuals and groups, young and old, in therapeutic, educational, medical and other settings. Special emphasis will be placed on getting young people to buy in, as well as on nurturing mindfulness in their daily lives. We will also explore the importance of our own practice, starting or deepening our own mindful self-care. We will also cover strategies for starting mindfulness programs in larger institutions such as schools and hospitals. Special attention will also be given to harnessing the power of technology and social media.

Learning will take the form of lecture, video, case presentations, small group and dyad activities and well as experiential activities and ample time for question and answer and discussion with colleagues. Illustrations and case studies from inner-city schools to leafy college campuses, from Harvard Medical School to teen meditation retreats, bring the instruction to life.

Learning differences, cultural differences, developmental differences, not to mention settings like classrooms or offices all affect how children learn best, and this workshop explores ways to adapt mindfulness, rather than a one-size fits all approach. We will discuss how to tailor techniques to a range of presenting issues, including depression, anxiety, ADHD, executive function challenges, addiction, impulse control difficulties, trauma and stress.  Different practices will engage different learning styles through arts, sports, games, music, technology and more, for attention spans ranging from 30 seconds to 30 minutes. 

Following this training the participants will understand:

  1. The basic definition of mindfulness

  2. The neuroscience of mindfulness

  3. A variety of mindfulness practices for youth

  4. How to adapt mindfulness to a variety of learning styles

  5. Specific mindfulness activities to address a range of clinical conditions

  6. Mindfulness practices for self-care

Christopher Willard, Psy. D. is a psychologist and educational consultant in the Boston area specializing in mindfulness-based work with adolescents and young adults. He holds teaching appointments at Harvard Medical School and leads workshops nationally and internationally. Dr. Willard has been practicing meditation for over 15 years. His thoughts on mental health have been featured in The New York Times, cnn.com, and elsewhere. He is the author of Child’s Mind (2010); the co-editor of Teaching Mindfulness to Children and Teens (2015) and; Growing Up Mindful (2016) along with four other books. Dr. Willard is on the board of directors of the Mindfulness in Education Network and The Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy.

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